We live in a world where multilingualism is the norm and monolingualism the exception. How do we deal with the challenges that this brings with it for the individual, for society, and for institutions?

There's no doubt that multilingualism has important implications for communication, identity, social and cultural integration, development and education.

With its world-leading expertise in the fields of cognition, society, and language the University of Groningen now offers a one-year Master's track in Multilingualism in co-operation with NHL University of Applied Sciences. The Multilingualism Master's track is situated Leeuwarden, at Campus Fryslân.

The Multilingualism Master's track is unique in combining the teaching of many societal, individual, educational, cultural and historical aspects of multilingualism with a practical, research-driven approach.

Students learn to deal with day-to-day issues such as helping companies overcome communication problems, design language policies or give schools advice on how best to teach children with foreign-language backgrounds. They receive an MA degree in Linguistics.

The challenging Master's track in Multilingualism is situated in the picturesque town of Leeuwarden, capital of the officially multilingual province Fryslân in the Netherlands. Frisian is the second official language of the country. This setting allows students immediate access to a multilingual laboratory.

Why study this program in Groningen?

  • Not taught in Groningen but in the wonderful city of Leeuwarden (European Cultural Capital 2018)
  • Easy access to multilingual communities for research
  • Excellent combination of knowledge of multilingualism and practical research skills
  • Truly international environment
  • Career perspectives for enterprising minds

Program

Year 1

Courses

  • Essential Statistics (5 EC)
  • The Multilingual Community (5 EC)
  • Language Planning and Policy (5 EC)
  • Minority Languages: The Case of Frisian (5 EC)
  • The Multilingual Mind (5 EC)
  • The Multilingual School (5 EC)
  • Internship (10 EC, optional)
  • Language and Cultural History (10 EC, optional)
  • Ma Thesis Multilingualism (20 EC)

Study abroad

  • Study abroad is optional

Entry requirements

Admission requirements

Dutch diploma

Specific requirements More information
Language test Additional requirements English: A VWO diploma or a subject certificate for VWO English (mark 6 or higher), minimum requirement of TOEFL iBT 90 (with a minimum of 21 on all items), or IELTS 6.5 (with a minimum of 6 on all items). Language Centre English Test (LCET) level C1 (B2 for no more than two components). If you have a VWO diploma a language test is not required.
Previous education

Students who have a bachelor's degree from a university in the Netherlands are eligible for enrolment if they have completed modules in linguistics as part of their degree.

These students can enroll in Studielink.nl and then get in touch with us to receive an admission letter. This admission letter must be taken to the Student Desk of the Faculty of Arts where a Declaration of Admissions to Final Exams (VTAE) must be filled in to complete the enrolment.

Students from other backgrounds (such as other Arts degrees, or degrees in the Social Sciences or Law) are also very welcome to apply to the program. Please get in touch with the program coordinator to determine whether you need to complete a pre-master program before enrolling.

Written request

We may ask students for a motivational letter to determine whether they fit the profile of the MA.

International diploma

Specific requirements More information
Entry test Applicants may be asked to sit an entry test if they do not have a background in linguistics.
Language test Additional requirements English: A VWO diploma or a subject certificate for VWO English (mark 6 or higher), minimum requirement of TOEFL iBT 90 (with a minimum of 21 on all items), or IELTS 6.5 (with a minimum of 6 on all items). Language Centre English Test (LCET) level C1 (B2 for no more than two components).
Previous education

A Bachelor diploma in the field of:

  • Language and Culture Studies
  • Linguistics
  • Other Arts degrees (admission interview required)
  • Social sciences (admission interview required)

Students who have a bachelor's degree from a university in the Netherlands are eligible for enrolment if they have completed modules in linguistics as part of their degree.

These students can enroll in Studielink.nl and then get in touch with us to receive an admission letter. This admission letter must be taken to the Student Desk of the Faculty of Arts, where a Declaration of Admissions to Final Exams (VTAE) must be filled in to complete the enrolment.

Students from other backgrounds (such as other Arts degrees, or degrees in the Social Sciences or Law) are also very welcome to apply to the program. Please get in touch with the program coordinator to determine whether you need to complete a pre-master program before enrolling.

Other admission requirements

To assess whether your educational/academic background meets the specific program requirements, we will consider the level and curriculum of your previous studies, and the grades that you have obtained. This evaluation is carried out by our Admissions Office and the Admissions Board.

Application deadlines

Type of student Deadline Start course
Dutch students

15 January 2020

01 August 2020

01 February 2020

01 September 2020

EU/EEA students

15 October 2019

01 May 2020

15 October 2020

01 February 2020

01 September 2020

01 February 2021

non-EU/EEA students

15 October 2019

01 May 2020

15 October 2020

01 February 2020

01 September 2020

01 February 2021

Tuition fees

Nationality Year Fee Program form
EU/EEA 2019-2020 € 2083 full-time
non-EU/EEA 2019-2020 € 12500 full-time
EU/EEA 2020-2021 € 2143 full-time

Job prospects

With your MA-degree, you could become a policy consultant, or an advisor to national and international governmental organizations and NGOs. You could also become an expert on how to deal with multilingualism in education, or on how to approach language planning for governments.

Upon graduation, students hold a (60 ECTS) MA degree in Linguistics with a track in Multilingualism from the University of Groningen. A student's career after that depends on the kind of person they are. The field of multilingualism is open for enterprising minds. Being one of the main challenges in the globalizing world multilingualism creates many issues, situations, and problems that can be solved only by experts.

Linguistics is a field of science that is becoming increasingly important to other fields. Language is central to the study of human behavior and activities. A degree in Linguistics can therefore also see you into a career in related fields such as psychology, sociology, computer science or education sciences. Many of the skills you are taught in an MA in Linguistics are transferable. You will probably find that your analytical competence, ability to write, as well as your capacity to solve problems, will significantly improve after studying towards an MA degree.

We advise our students to complete an internship in the field of their interest. In term one of the MA, a career class is organized with more information.

Job examples

  • Consultant
  • Teaching specialist
  • Researcher
  • Civil servant
  • Communication specialist
  • Publisher
  • Technical Writing
  • Copywriter
  • Translation expert

Research

The Multilingualism Laboratory

The northern provinces carry a long tradition of research into multilingualism and especially the province of Fryslân does so. These regions have been a multilingual area for centuries, in which closely related endogenous languages and language varieties co-exist with exogenous varieties like English and German. Since the 1960s many immigrant languages, mainly belonging to different language families, were added to this repertoire. The standardization and official recognition of Frisian as a national language has resulted in a rather extensive infrastructure of linguistic research, for instance on the fields of education and language policy. Thus, Fryslân and the other northern provinces of the Netherlands offer an excellent natural setting for conducting ground-breaking multidisciplinary research on multilingualism.

We believe that a multidisciplinary approach is the only answer to the many questions multilingualism confronts us with. That is why our research groups are encouraged to closely collaborate and inspire each other, fueling innovative solutions, recommendations, and policy advice. By combining approaches from different backgrounds, (fundamental) research on multilingualism becomes truly innovative, able to combine societal needs with scientific questions.

Research areas

The research on multilingualism is grouped around three areas, thereby innovatively combining cognitive, sociological and technological approaches to language in a natural setting:

Language, Culture, and Society

Investigating the complex relationships of globalization, migration, and expressions of linguistic and cultural identity in multilingual contexts to ensure an open, democratic and fair society.

Language, Cognition, and Variation

Investigation language processing in the individual’s mind in combination with language variation in a multilingual society, and its consequences for language change and language learning, with the intention to develop new techniques to facilitate language learning.

Language and Speech Technology

Developing language and speech technologies to support a diversity of natural, multilingual interactions between people and the devices that surround them. The aim is to be involved in R&D on projects relating to multilingual text analysis, multilingual language recognition/disambiguation, and more.

All the linguistic research carried out within the faculty is part of the Center for Language and Cognition Groningen (CLCG) and The Groningen Research Institute for the Study of Culture (ICOG).

Program taught in:
  • English (US)

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Last updated October 5, 2019
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